THE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
Wimbledon Diary - Murray Backed For Title; Twitter Review
by ATP Staff|
ATPWorldTour.com takes a look at the news and talking points at Wimbledon on the middle Sunday.
“Nobody likes missing Grand Slam tournaments, but the fact that injury ruled Murray out of the French Open has resulted in him being fresh and even more eager than usual when setting foot on the grass,” Cash wrote in his column in The Sunday Times.
"A week ago we thought his side of the draw was fraught with danger, but [Rafael] Nadal, Roger Federer, [Jo-Wilfried] Tsonga, Stanislas Wawrinka and Marin Cilic have all gone and the only player left in that side who seems to pose any real threat is the big-serving Pole Jerzy Janowicz."
Former World No. 4 Greg Rusedski, writing a column in The Daily Telegraph, said, "The excellence of Murray's backhand over the past week is no coincidence. Things rarely are at this level of sport.
"Over the past month, he has been performing specific drills with his coach, Ivan Lendl, to increase the accuracy of the shot. There is a long way to go, but the way Murray is hitting that backhand, I am sticking by my pre-tournament prediction that he will win the event."
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Rafa Leads Twitter Sphere
An IBM study on Twitter, the social network, shows that there were 1.4 million tweets about The Championships in the first week. Rafael Nadal, who lost to World No. 135 Steve Darcis in the first round on Monday, has been mentioned 108,585 times on Twitter since The Championships began. Roger Federer, who suffered his earliest exit since 2002 to World No. 116 Sergiy Stakhovsky on Wednesday, was mentioned 84,385 times.
Here is the list of the top five players in terms of volume of tweets:
1. Rafael Nadal 108,585
2. Roger Federer 84,385
3. Andy Murray 73,569
4. Novak Djokovic 48,588
5. Steve Darcis 38,887
The Queue For Tickets
It may be middle Sunday of The Championships, but The All England Club has announced that there are currently more people in the Wimbledon Queue than the allocation of Centre Court and No. 1 Court tickets for fourth round play on Monday. Tennis fans are strongly advised to wait until the early [Monday] morning before queuing for Ground Admission.